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Xbox 360 Project Natal Goes Controller-Less

E3 is in full gear and announcements are coming in from all angles. So far, the buzz seems to be the strongest for XBOX 360's "Project Natal," a set of technologies that allow for full voice, face, and movement detection without the use of a controller. As usual, they've compiled a cheesy "demo" to put it in Kindergarten terms that my feeble brain can understand...

Bethesda's "Brink" Teaser Teases Hard

As promised, GameTrailers.tv premiered the teaser trailer for Bethesda Softworks' (Fallout 3) new game scheduled for release in the ultra-futuristic 2010. Unfortunately, it was a teaser in the truest sense in that it barely showed anything...

"Fallout 3" Dev Announces New Game Tonight on Spike

Despite recent DLC related issues, no one can argue that "Fallout 3" was a huge success. With great sales and considerable critical acclaim, Bethesda Softworks find themselves in a position to generate some spectacular hype. Capitalizing on this, they have promised to announce their newest title tonight (Thursday, June 28th) at 11PM EST on Spike TV's early E3 kickoff c/o GameTrailers, now with more Rose McGowan!

"Bioshock 2" has a Release Date!

Lord knows I've been foaming at the mouth over "Bioshock 2" for months now, and I finally have a date to mark on the calendar!

Are you ready to start counting down the days until BioShock 2 hits store shelves? You can start now! BioShock 2 will be arriving on October 30th internationally and November 3rd in North America for the Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION® 3 system, and PC.

Ju-On: The Grudge (Wii) gets a US Release Date!

I reported some weeks ago about the upcoming "interactive haunted house" game for the Wii based on Ju-On (The Grudge), noting that a US release was unconfirmed. Well, that all changed as the now titled "Ju-On: The Grudge" is slated for release stateside this October. Included in the press release are some general details about the projects release including a bit more insight into the game play.

Homeland Security Taps Sci-Fi Writers for Ideas

As any Scientologist will tell you, science fiction writers are very influential people. For quite some time, ideas from science fiction have influenced innovation and design, and some have argued that most of our technological achievements of the past 50 years are owed to ideas from sci-fi literature. Recently, the Department of Homeland security held a conference in the Reagan Building, bringing in influential writers such as Greg Bear to move the gears on some far fetched concepts.

8-Bit Fatalities Strip Me of My Innocence

This is a bit of old news (in Internet time), but I thought it was well worth sharing for those of you that missed its first runaround. Fascinated by the pre-Mortal Kombat days of gaming, flickr user Steven Lefcort (tastypaints.com) materialized what he had always imagined when he was offing baddies in the innocent 8-bit days.

Welcome to my new project: 8-Bit Fatalities. The idea behind the project stems from growing up at an arcade, and my eventual love affair with Mortal Kombat.

"Aliens Vs Predator" Screens are Looking Good

Although we often talk about film remakes, we don't devote nearly as much attention to game remakes. Part of the reason is that aside from Nintendo's NES rehashes on the Wii, they aren't that commonplace. Thankfully though, SEGA had enough sense to port the very well received "Aliens Vs. Predator" PC game to the PS3 and Xbox 360 with some updates.

Not Your Mother's "Sherlock Holmes" (Trailer)

Not being of the literary sort, my response to anything involving "Sherlock Holmes" usually begins with a yawn and ends with a nap. For that reason, I was totally disinterested in the upcoming film adaptation of the popular series. That is, of course, until I found out that it starred the man-crush power couple of Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson). After that, I caught up on an apparently old story about Robert Maillet accidentally punching RDJ in the face during a fight scene.

Make Your Left 4 Dead (PC) Dreams Come True

After much chatter about the subject, Valve has finally unveiled the beta version of Left 4 Dead's authoring tools, that will allow you to create character skins, maps, models, props, and more.

Today we are opening the beta of the Left 4 Dead Authoring Tools to the public. It is available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Left 4 Dead, and can be found under the "Tools" tab in Steam.

The L4D Authoring Tools include modified versions of the same tools we used to produce Left 4 Dead.

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